Domestic Violence; Psychological Abuse

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Domestic violence, which is a pattern of abusive behaviors within the intimate relationships such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation, has been one of the most widely discussed topics in the contemporary world and it is also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV).


To say that domestic violence is a means of achieving domination and control would mean that the perpetrators will employ other methods in addition to threats or physical or sexual assault to make sure the subjugation of the victims and psychological abuse is the most essential form of this type of subjugation. According to Deborah Lockton, Richard Ward, domestic violence "can be physical assault, sexual abuse, threats of either, or psychological abuse... It is not confined to any one socio-economic group nor can it be said that it is caused by any one factor. Furthermore, its practice is extensive. It is necessary to look at some of the manifestations of violence within what should be a loving relationship to fully understand the horror to which victims are subjected and the need for adequate protection to be provided by civil and criminal justice systems." (Lockton and Ward, 1997, p. 7). Significantly, the phenomenon of domestic violence is widespread in the United States and its effects can be long-lasting and life threatening. ...
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